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Platycladus orientalis

Oriental Arborvitae

Platycladus orientalis (L.) Franco

plat-ee-CLAY-dus  ore-ee-en-TAE-lis

Conifers - Cupressaceae

 

Explanation of name: Generic name from Greek for flat branches (WH1). Orientalis is self-explanatory.

 

Synonym: Thuja orientalis L.

 

Natural range: China and Korea (WH1), much cultivated .

 

Recognition (dimensions from WH1, WA1): A usually small dense conifer to 40 tall having minute scalelike leaves to 3 mm long, each with an inconspicuous gland. Branches flat, the branchlets in fanlike single planes. Female cones woody at maturity, about 1 cm long.

 

Landscape uses: A popular front-yard specimen tree having a dense, compact, glossy, often formal appearance tending to be egg-shaped, columnar, or globular. Fast-growing. Very eye-grabbing and difficult to harmonize with tropical plants.

 

Botanical

English

FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season

Typical

Dimensions

Suggested Spacing

Cultural Conditions

Problems

Platycladus orientalis

Oriental Arbor Vitae

Exotic

Tree

Shrub

None

To 40 (WA1)

 

SU(PS)

WI

WD

DT

ME

(DEH, WA1)

Becomes large and leggy

Does not have "Florida" look

 

 


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